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If the fridge is in a garage, will the cold weather impact the operation of the unit (freezer stop freezing foods)?

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Yes the cold weather can effect the proper operation of the fridge they make a garge kit for these unit that can be baugh separatly and installed to help this problem

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I HAVE SIDE BY SIDE FRIDGE/ FREEZER THE FRIDGE IS WORKING AND THE FREEZER IS ONLY AS COLD AS THE FRIDGE IT DOESN'T FREEZE THE FOOD. I HAVE IT IN THE GARAGE NEAR THE DOOR SO IT IT VERY COLD , I LIVE IN...


I'm in Mass and also buried in several feet of snow, so I have an idea how cold it is in your garage. As a matter of fact, you don't run a compressor in cold outdoor weather, which is basically what you're doing. AC units that were meant to run outdoors have a compressor heater, your fridge doesn't have one.

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Many residential refrigerator / freezers are designed to work at temperature considerably above above freezing. Most modern refrigerator / freezer have a single electric thermostat - located in the fresh food compartment. This lone thermostat will control the compressor to keep the fridge (fresh food) section at the desired temperature (usually between 34 - 38 degrees F). The freezer will get colder regardless of how cold it is already whenever the fridge thermostat turns the compressor on.

Now that you see how the thermostat works, let's look at what happens when the fridge is placed in an unheated space - like a garage. In winter time, the temperature can drop considerably below 38 degrees. If the outdoor temperature remains cold enough, for long enough - it will affect the thermostat in the fridge. The temperature inside the fridge could drop below 38 degrees, preventing the thermostat from telling the compressor to turn on. Meanwhile, the temperature in the freezer compartment slowly rises from the normal -10 to 0 F degrees. It will continue to rise until it is the same temperature as the fresh food compartment or until the thermostat in the fresh food compartment tells the compressor to turn on again. This means the freezer contents will thaw.

If the temperature in the garage is even in the 40 to 50 degree range, the loss of cold in the fridge may not happen often enough to keep the compressor coming on often enough to keep some freezer items frozen solid - such as ice cream. Remember, water freezes at 32 degrees F, other products may require lower temperatures to remain frozen, and could thaw at 28 or other temperature.

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hi there the problem you have is that the temp in the garage is to low, the fridge part of your fridge freezer has priority and will only activate the compressor when req'd ie. in cold weather the fridge may not need to switch on the compressor for days at a time this is when the freezer will defrost.
All you can try doing is having some very low heating in your garage in the cold weather

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